Australia’s leading provider of aged care software iCareHealth is delighted to announce that they are the first vendor from the National eHealth Transition Authority’s (NeHTA) aged care software panel to successfully upload an event summary to the national eHealth system.
From the time NEHTA’s aged care software vendor panel was established, iCareHealth has played a key role in providing aged care organisations with the necessary software to start using the eHealth system. During this period, iCareHealth collaborated with three organisations across Melbourne to deploy the eHealth-compliant software, which would allow their facilities to link to Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records (PCEHR). It was mecwacare’s Sir Donald and Lady Trescowthick Centre that on 15 August, became the first aged care organisation involved in NEHTA’s panel to upload an event summary for a resident to the PCEHR.
iCareHealth’s Managing Director Chris Gray is thrilled iCareHealth is leading the way and hoped mecwacare’s recent success would encourage other aged care organisations to take the steps to prepare for eHealth.
“The implementation of electronic health records is a critical component of using technology to help manage the increasing demands on our health and aged care systems,” Chris said.
He said the key benefits of eHealth for the aged care sector were in the improvements that would come with an electronic flow of information.
“Electronic records will enable care providers to electronically share vital information with providers in the wider health care network including GPs, pharmacies, hospitals, specialists and other care professionals. The most up-to-date information about a resident will be available online from facility admission, to a hospital transfer and discharge, or to a visit with a specialist, and back to the facility again,” he said.
Electronic health records are designed to give health and aged care providers rapid access to vital medical information including a shared health summary, discharge summary and event summary documents. Reducing the time care providers spend sharing this information across the health care sector is expected to greatly improve the effectiveness and efficiency of care delivery, as well as reduce risks associated with paper-based information.
mecwacare’s Chief Executive Officer Michele Lewis agreed the benefits of eHealth for the aged care sector accrued from the improvements in efficiencies and continuity of care.
“With real-time access to information presented in a standardised format and stored in a central location, all providers involved in caring for an individual will be able to access and share accurate information with reduced risk of human errors,” said Michele.
“Fast and secure access and sharing of accurate interdisciplinary records across the broader health sector will save care and nursing staff time in dealing with administrative paperwork. Less time in front of a computer and more time focusing on delivery of care services to those in need – this can only benefit the sector,” she said.
“We’re tremendously proud to have been involved in the earliest stages of the national eHealth system, and we are grateful for the opportunity to provide a voice for our residents in the implementation of eHealth in the aged care sector. eHealth fits well into our strategy of innovation and of continually seeking to improve the services we provide, and we hope to utilise its full potential to benefit the care we provide to our residents.”
Only last month, the government announced it was pushing ahead with roll out of new functions in the national eHealth system, including $8 million to enable people with a PCEHR to upload blood, urine and other test results and X-rays to their shared health summaries.
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